“A PROFESSIONAL golfer from Worcester who was left in a coma for eight months after a fall has hosted another fundraising day in aid of the charities that supported his recovery.
Professional golf coach Leo Tarrant sustained a life-threatening head injury five years ago and was left in a coma for eight months with doctors warning that, should he ever regain consciousness, he may face a lifetime of permanent disability.
Mr Tarrant took 16 months off work while he recovered from his injury and is now back in action, saying he is better than ever.
Mr Tarrant, who manages the Leo Tarrant Golf Academy at Ravenmeadow Golf Centre, has continually fundraised for the charities that helped him make a full recovery – Headway Worcestershire and the PGA’s Benevolent Fund – and recently held another fundraising day.
The event, held at the centre in Hindlip Lane, Claines, saw more than 60 participants take to the course, with players Maggie Collins and Vivienne Findlay becoming winners on the day.
The event impressively managed to raise more than £2,000, with donations also coming in from charity supporters and players unable to attend themselves.
The money raised is to be split between the charities, which support county residents with brain injuries, and assists PGA members in hardship or distress.
“These two charities will always have a special place in my heart,” Mr Tarrant said.
“I am overwhelmed by the support we have received from local people in Worcester. The atmosphere on the day was great and everyone had a fantastic time.
“Many of the players were personal friends who continue to recognise what great work Headway and the PGA have done for me and many others.
“Our thanks go to everyone who played and donated money to make this another really successful day. Many local people and businesses supported our efforts to raise awareness of a very important cause to ensure these charities can continue to support everyone that’s need their help.”